'Many losers' from Ozil controversy

Klaus Bergmann
Arsenal manager Unai Emery has backed Mesut Ozil's decision retire from international football

The decision of Mesut Ozil to quit international soccer after making allegations of discrimination has created "many losers" in German football, Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says.

"I think Ozil himself, but also the (German federation) DFB have cut a poor figure here," Rummenigge said in the United States, on a pre-season tour with Bayern.

Ozil, a German player of Turkish heritage, on Sunday announced that he was retiring from the Germany team amid the fall-out of a pre-World Cup photo taken in May with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Rummenigge also tried to temper the criticism from club president Uli Hoeness towards the 29-year-old midfielder

"I'm always close to Uli Hoeness. I think he never liked Ozil as player so much. And it got on his nerves that it was considered a case of racism.

Hoeness said he was glad Ozil's decision had finally brought the situation to an end and he had been playing "crap" for years.

Apart from Ozil, Rummenigge also expects a fresh start for the national team after Germany's shock exit from the World Cup group stage in Russia.

"I think Joachim Loew will be very serious in the analysis that has been commissioned and then there will be certain consequences for the team and the environment around it," he said.

Germany next play on September 6 against world champions France in the Nations League.